I don’t quite understand why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a pause in anti-police demonstrations until murdered officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were laid to rest. After all, de Blasio just spent several days loudly declaring the demonstrators to be the very soul of democracy, a constructive and peaceful bunch whose lively chants and colorful placards had absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the murderous actions of Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley, you see, was a hermetically sealed lone-wolf nut who wasn’t influenced by anyone, anywhere. Sure, he attended an anti-police rally on December 1 and recorded a video of the event, but that means nothing, got it? Even his religious affiliation is regarded by the media as an inscrutable mystery, no matter what his Facebook page might have said about striking terror into the enemies of Allah.
So the search for “root causes” and nefarious influences has been officially called off in the case of the NYPD shooter, who might as well have tumbled out of a UFO before pulling the trigger on two police officers and his ex-girlfriend. What’s the deal with holding off on demonstrations, then? In fact, if the “activists” are as constructive and community-minded as their very, very, very good friend Bill de Blasio says, he should have been calling for more demonstrations to honor Liu and Ramos. They’d love to be memorialized with a robust expression of community spirit, wouldn’t they?
Or maybe Bill de Blasio is just a desperate, dishonest hack who belatedly realized the unsavory collection of race-baiters, cop-haters, and hardcore left-wing radicals he’s been playing footsie with have gone too far, and he needs to regain some credibility as the mayor instead of playing Hero of the Revolution. He issued a call for New Yorkers to report any threats against the police they might overhear or observe on social media, blamed the media for “dividing” New York by daring to point their cameras at the wrong groups of protesters, and decided it would be a good idea to give the demonstrations a rest until proper respects had been paid to the two police officers whose deaths had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with those demonstrations, no way, no how, don’t even suggest such a thing unless you want to be singled out as a divisive thought criminal by the Big Apple’s upright mayor, who is now all about unity and respect for the same law enforcement professionals he said he didn’t really trust to be around his mixed-race son two weeks ago.
As the New York Post inconveniently observes, de Blasio’s weird attempt to claim that a single large, peaceful, constructive march somehow erased the excesses of the anti-cop movement didn’t even accurately portray the march he tried to hold up as exemplary:
De Blasio maintained that a massive Dec. 13 protest was ???absolutely peaceful, no chants like that??? ??? even though a viral YouTube video caught protesters marching through Murray Hill calling for the deaths of cops.
And the mayor ??? who had never previously denounced the anti-cop rhetoric ??? also accused the media of selectively reporting on the violent language.
???What you manage to do is pull up the few who do not represent the majority, who are saying unacceptable things, who shouldn???t be saying those things,??? he said.
Oh, now de Blasio thinks they shouldn’t be saying such things? Where were you last week, Mr. Mayor, or the week before that? This “movement” was coddled and indulged at a time when people in authority – especially prominent left-wing officials with political ties to protest organizers – should have been firmly explaining that they were wrong. A full-throated, unconditional defense of the police and the rule of law, coupled with the aggressive demolition of racial paranoid mythology, was needed weeks ago, not a few days after Democrats huddled with their political advisers and concluded this thing was getting out of hand.
It was really unfair of de Blasio to blame the media, because they’ve been laboring mightily to sanitize the identities of the protest leaders and portray the movement as a largely uplifting exercise in community organization, marred by a few “lone wolf” outbursts here and there. Some of those lively street chants – such as “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” and “Hey, cops, you better start shakin’, cause today’s pigs is tomorrow’s bacon!” – are coming from the sort of groups de Blasio found very appealing in his youth. Even Fox News is content to describe the Answer Coalition as merely an activist group, without getting into what sort of “answers” they’d like to impose on the rest of us, if they had the power. (In fairness, the same media that will bang out a thousand articles stitching modest donations into a shadowy “Kochtopus” is never interested in even the most cursory investigation of left-wing groups or their finances, so quick Internet vetting operations don’t make any of them look fishy.)
The media is even ignoring the thick coating of blood dripping off Al Sharpton’s hands and treating the infamous race hustler as one of their own, a veritable Buckaroo Banzai who somehow finds the time to be a movie-studio executive, community organizer, top White House adviser, and co-mayor of New York in addition to working in network news… in the process amassing a multi-million-dollar fortune that he doesn’t really have to pay taxes on. Sharpton was among the “activist” leaders who said no dice to de Blasio’s request for a demonstration moratorium, as Fox News relates:
“We are in a very difficult moment. Our focus has to be on these families,” de Blasio said Monday at police headquarters. “I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in all due time.”
However, the Rev. Al Sharpton told Reuters late Monday that de Blasio’s request was too “ill-defined” to heed.
“Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?” Sharpton asked.
Another group, The Answer Coalition, said it would go ahead with a long-planned march Tuesday evening, and denounced the mayor for what it called an “outrageous” attempt to chill free speech. The New York Post reported that a few dozen protesters staged a “die-in” at Grand Central Terminal before marching toward Times Square.
“We will not let recent tragic moments derail this movement,” one protester shouted. “This is the revolution and we will not be repressed.”
The problem facing de Blasio and other Democrats who have been pandering to this “movement,” including the once-again-vacationing President Obama, is that their standard ideological playbook calls for a swift sideways dodge into respectability at moments like this. They want to salvage their own reputations, and the future political viability of the anti-cop movement, by taming its uglier passions and folding it into the liberal mainstream. They want to recruit foot soldiers for the gentrified Left, much the way whack-job protesters from the anti-Bush era were tamed, slipped into tailored suits, and renovated into respectable Democrat Party activists. Or, come to think of it, the way a man who got several people killed with his race-baiting antics Back In the Day was renovated into a movie-studio executive, community organizer, top White House adviser, co-mayor of New York, network news personality, and tax-free millionaire.
But this movement doesn’t want to be tamed. Despite the media’s frantic efforts not to notice, a fair number of them are not at all upset by the murders of Liu and Ramos. Others are keenly aware of the media shield that firewalls their movement from its “lone wolf” excesses… exactly the opposite of how the media scrambles to find the elusive Tea Party Killer by linking every single outburst of violence to mainstream conservatism as quickly as possible, even if that means grabbing the phone book and checking to see if anyone with the same name as a spree killer happens to belong to the local chapter of a Tea Party organization.
When you’ve got that kind of air cover, there’s no reason to suspend operations because a little blood hits the pavement. The Sunday shows will be filled with purple-faced liberals screaming epithets at anyone who dares to apply their own post-Tucson “Climate of Hate” logic to them. That will take a lot of media heat off the demonstrators. Also, the politicians who pander to them have assured these people they’re on a righteous crusade that puts them beyond reproach, and even beyond the reach of the corrupt law enforcement system they’re protesting. They don’t want to blow off that mighty head of steam by accepting the notion that their protests are unseemly during the funerals for a couple of murdered police officers. That would be a tacit admission they’re at least a tiny bit in the wrong.
As for the police, they’ll be moving to a “wartime” footing and working carefully in pairs. Police academy cadets were instructed not to wear uniforms or NYPD accessories in public, which reminds me of the way Canadian soldiers were ordered not to wear their uniforms after a hermetically-sealed lone wolf who was not in any way connected with any religion on Earth murdered one of their number. The NYPD commissioner says Mayor de Blasio has lost the trust of at least some police officers. It looks like he’ll be spending the holidays in bitter public feuds with his more trenchant critics in the law-enforcement community. His continued presence in office is, to say the least, problematic, but de Blasio isn’t going to take responsibility for what he has done and resign, for the same reason demonstrators ignored his request to suspend their activities for a few days.
Update: Not only did demonstrators refuse to honor a moratorium on protests, a group of them actually stormed the memorial ceremony for Officers Liu and Ramos.